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At least once in their life every person feels isolated This isolation can come from a variety of places and for a variety of reasons Most people though can cope with this isolation whether it be by themselves or with the help of others However in Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner Bartleby and Miss Emily struggle with isolation The isolation is a result of the separation from society and their inability to cope with that problem The isolation ultimately causes Bartleby and Miss Emily to mentally break downIn the short story Bartleby the Scrivener Melville portrays Bartleby as an individual who prefers not to engage in anything with anyone This isolation however destroys Bartlebys mental status and he no longer decides to live at the end as there becomes nothing to live for in his life Melville makes it very clear that he is an isolated being when Bartleby states that he would prefer not to examine a paper with the narrator 21 In addition to this the narrator assigns Bartleby to the corner of the room surrounded by walls and doors Melville 17 He continually refuses to do any work assigned to him by the narrator and chooses only to copy documents Being in an environment where people do not interact in any meaningful way Bartleby inevitably does not interact with his coworkers and becomes isolated His life becomes empty and lifeless The narrators passive efforts to make him do something are not very effective and Bartleby continues to live a life of preference By the end of the story the narrator gets fed up with him and decides to leave him alone in the office while he Nippers Turkey and Ginger Nut move into another chamber isolating Bartleby even more He then prefers not to do anything from then on Eventually Bartleby prefers to not eat and prefers to not live in such a
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